The only way is Cornwall – or is it Devon? EasyJet to launch new Southend-Newquay route
Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.
Thursday 06 December 2012
The only way is Cornwall - or is it Devon? The latest flight from Southend revealed by easyJet departs from the second Essex airport, destination Newquay. The two resorts will be linked from 20 June next year.
But the airline claims the new link to North Cornwall will open up a fast connection to the English Riviera - the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, more than 80 miles away in South Devon.
Hugh Aitken, easyJet's UK Commercial Manager, said: "The new service makes the South West much more accessible, and certainly a lot faster to reach than the current road or rail alternatives."
Alastair Welch, Southend airport's Managing Director, said: "Destinations such as St Ives and the Eden project are now just 60 minutes flight time away, instead of a six-hour car or nine-hour train journey".
It is the first flight to another destination in mainland Britain from the upgraded Southend airport since its £100m refurbishment. The lowest fare for a single passenger on the new link is £36.
Ryanair flew to Newquay from the other Essex airport, Stansted, for a time, but abandoned the link for more profitable routes. Flybe operates between Gatwick and Newquay, with fares from £47.
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